Who is your included in your “forever family”? Think about the obvious ones, fellow believers, church family, any amongst your blood family? Who do you most enjoy spending time in worship?
Jesus told a story in Luke 7:41-43 about a moneylender who had two debtors, one owned five hundred denarii, the other fifty. When they could not pay, he forgave both debtors. Jesus asked which would love him more once the moneylender cancelled both debts, the one who had the larger debt.
I have worked with men in prison and in recovery from heroin, alcohol, and sexual addictions for years. As I have walked beside these men, there are some I still hold accountable, some I continue to disciple. Many of them have become my closest friends, not only because of their transparency or because they are now part of my “forever family” but its how they worship our Lord. I attend a variety of faith-based Coffee Shop services and Celebrate Recovery meetings, where our focus of attention is to worship the Lord and thank Him for where we are today. Their sincere gratitude and humble worship is unlike any church service I attend, including the one where I serve as Associate Pastor. We who have come so far (including myself and my recovery) cheer, praise loudly, raise hands, clap for Christ, who is the reason for our freedom from the chains of sin and addictions! Praise Him, he gave it all for those in my “forever family”! Isaiah 53:5